Census data reveals US immigrant population to top 51 million in 2023

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One In Seven U.S. Residents To Be An Immigrant, Study

America has been a country of immigrants since its founding and a new study predicts within the next decade the population of legal and illegal immigrants in the U.S. will hit an all-time high.

A report from the Center for Immigration Studies analyzed new figures from the U.S. Census and found by 2023 51 million legal and illegal immigrants will be living in the country. That's one in seven U.S. residents who were born abroad. It will be the highest immigrant population since 1910.

By 2060, the number will be around 78 million -- or roughly one in five residents.

The Center of Immigration Studies' report found that the surge in legal immigrants will have a huge impact on the nation and taxpayers.

"These numbers have important implications for workers, schools, infrastructure, congestion and the environment," Steven Camarota, the center's director of research, told the Washington Examiner. "They also may have implications for our ability to successfully assimilate and integrate immigrants. Yet there has been almost no national debate about bringing in so many people legally each year, which is the primary factor driving these numbers."

How do you think a surge in the immigrant population will impact America? Tell us in the comments.

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Census data reveals US immigrant population to top 51 million in 2023
Immigrants from 25 countries take the oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony in Daley Plaza on September 16, 2014 in Chicago, Illinipois. Seventy people were awarded their U.S. citizenship at the Citizenship Day ceremony. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Immigrants take oath of citizenship to the United States on November 20, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. Sixty immigrants from 25 countries became American citizens during the naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) office at Newark's Federal Building. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
New American citizens celebrate at a naturalization ceremony on November 20, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. Sixty immigrants from 25 countries became American citizens during the ceremony at the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS), office at Newark's Federal Building. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
New U.S. citizens, including Nicole Annete Flood from Mexico (C), attend a naturalization ceremony at Liberty State Park on September 19, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Forty immigrants from 18 different countries became American citizens at the event, held by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), on Constitution and Citizenship Day. This week USCIS will have naturalized more than 27,000 new citizens at 160 ceremonies nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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